Power Plant Workers

Power plant workers include power plant operators, power distributors, power dispatchers, and nuclear power reactor operators. In general, power plant operators control the machinery that generates electricity. Power distributors and power dispatchers oversee the flow of electricity through substations and a network of transmission and distribution lines to individual and commercial consumers. The generators in these power plants may produce electricity by converting energy from a nuclear reactor; burning oil, gas, or coal; or harnessing energy from falling water, the sun, or the wind. Approximately 58,860 power plant workers, including nuclear power reactor operators, are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power
Alternate Title(s) Auxiliary Equipment Operators, Central Control Room Operators, Load Dispatchers, Nuclear Power Reactor Operators, Power Dispatchers, Power Distributors, Power Plant Operators
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements Must pass drug and alcohol screenings and physical examinations
Career Ladder
  • Power Plant Engineer
  • Power Plant Operator
  • Assistant Power Plant Operator

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